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GREAT FALL TRADITIONS

Featured styles: the Amarillo – Guns Blazin and Cactus – Marcher boots.

We love the crisp air and colors of fall – so much so, we’ve been exploring fun fall finds on Pinterest! To get into the spirit of the cooler months, we also asked our fellow international Skechers teams about their countries’ favorite fall traditions. Read on to hear how people abroad are celebrating the season!

Fall in Canada: Good Food, Family and Fun

Out of all four of our seasons, Fall always seems to be much anticipated and much enjoyed by Canadians. We love driving on the country roads admiring the trees adorned with red, yellow and orange leaves. Many of us take advantage of the refreshing weather and take the family out for an afternoon of picking apples and getting lost in a corn maze. We fully indulge at Thanksgiving (which is in October for us)… bringing home-cooked meals to the table and encouraging fun family time in the home. Toasting pumpkin seeds, baking fresh pies and watching Sunday football are just some of the memories Canadians love to make in the Fall.

Germany’s Goldener Oktober

Here in Germany, we love to take a walk especially when the weather is nice and the sun is shining. 🙂 Every tree is losing leaves and they become brown. But when the sun is shining, they look like they were golden and you go through a gigantic golden field of leaves. This is why we also call this time “Goldener Oktober” that means “Golden October.” For a lot of people, this is the most favorite season here in Germany!

Spain Gears Up for the Holidays

In Spain, we don’t have a national celebration during fall (over the years, Halloween has become more famous in our country, but it’s not a national activity). In some places, it’s very typical to do things like eat chestnuts. Much of our traditions during the cooler months focus on the coming Christmas and The Three Wise Men celebration – a time when the families get together, have nice lunches and dinners and exchange presents.

The UK: Guys Fawkes/ Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November… Bonfire Night is also known as Fireworks’ Night or Guy Fawkes Night. It’s a British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Many people get together to light bonfires and set off fireworks. In some towns and cities, it is popular for people attend a bonfire and professional firework display in a park. Due to its proximity to Halloween, many people organize a combined party for Guy Fawkes Night and Halloween. These parties often include elements from both festivals, such as a bonfire and dressing up in spooky outfits. Popular foods include toffee apples, bonfire toffee and potatoes baked in the ashes of the fire.

What traditions do your family and friends have for fall? Tell us in the comments!

BEST COLLEGE MEMORIES

Now that colleges are swarming with new and returning students for fall, our team has been reflecting on our own years on campus. While we all came from a wide range of local colleges, liberal arts schools and universities across the country, we all agree that those years were an amazing time that made some lifelong friends, great memories and more than a few crazy stories! Read on to hear a few of our favorite college moments… and share some of your own with us!

6“I went to Miami University in Oxford. On move-in day, I took all the cash that I made over the summer and ‘hid’ it somewhere in my new apt so no one would steal it while we were in and out. I was planning on opening an account at the local bank. Never found that money again until move OUT day because I’d outsmarted myself and stashed it between my mattress and box spring and totally forgot. Lots of ramen that year!” – Sadie

 

“Dr. Charles Harper Webb was my favorite professor of all those I had at CSULB. I loved (and still read) an anthology he edited called Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology. I highly recommend for a deep, but quick read!” – Haley

“I worked on the school paper at my California university. My choices were to write about the squirrels taking over the campus, or music and entertainment. Clearly, music won out and so began many years in the music journalism world before I came to Skechers.” – Ashley

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“At the start of every school year at Boston University, we celebrated a holiday called ‘Allston Christmas.’ Named for the Boston community where most at BU lived off-campus, this was when apartment leases ended at the close of August and students rushing to move would abandon tons and tons of furniture on the sidewalk. From refrigerators to couches to televisions you could score some amazing stuff from all the rich kids graduating on to post-college life. But sometimes the joy of Allston Christmas would turn dark—like when a few days later I discovered the bed bugs in that sweet mattress I claimed… and then discovered they migrated to my brand new living room furniture as well.” – Frankie

5“I had a friend who was older than me at Duke Law School and I used to attend all of the social activities and parties with her. At their graduation party, three of the law professors came up to me and congratulated me on graduating and wished me luck in my new career in law… Funny, because I wasn’t in law school, they only thought I was because I attended all of their parties… Oh, and they never congratulated my friend – Oops! :)” –Topher

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“Aside from the all-you-can-eat plain cheese quesadillas at UC Santa Cruz, I think living in an apartment and using a broom to bang on the ceiling to silence the upstairs neighbors was the most vivid thing about living ‘college town life’.”

– Jude

“Four-day school weeks at my college in California.  Need I say more?” – Shaya

“I went to UCSB, so there was a lot of work hard, play hard.  Some of my favorite memories are snapshots of college life: the basketball crowds who’d toss quesadillas onto the court in protest, dining commons food fights, dueling dorms’ 3am fire alarm evacuations, the campus crusaders who’d try to convert us to everything, from religion to new credit card debt. Gross, gross portions of pizza and crazy bread. Near-misses on people’s beater bikes as they’d cruise to class. Auditoriums of guys with their baseball caps flipped back during no-cheat exams. Making movies on shoestring budgets (one with Jack Johnson when he was a student filmmaker who ‘played a little music’). Hunger strikes, passionate politics and fierce convictions to change the world.” – Amy

 On him: the Sycamore casual in Gray. On her: the Flex Appeal 2.0 – High Energy sneaker in White/Black.

BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER

Remember when school would send you a summer book list so you didn’t idle your vacation days away? Although those days are long gone for most of our staff (save our interns), we love that we can now spend our summers reading anything we please! We asked our Skechers crew what they’ve been reading, and discovered some delightful surprises. Take a look and see if any sound like fun books for the end of summer!

Ashley

Two new riveting and weird books out August 2 with multiple POVs (points of view) will offer intense poolside reading or keep you up late!

Harmony (by Carolyn Parkhurst, The Dogs of Babel) follows the Hammond family as they leave their life and belongings behind to help genius and impossible daughter/sister Tilly as they set up Camp Harmony with a domineering and manipulating child behavior expert. The story unfolds with swear words and humor as told by Tilly, sister Iris, and mom Alexandra.

Watching Edie (by Camilla Way) is a psychological suspense page-turner as the lives of two childhood friends are revealed–one from “Before” as told by Heather, and the other from “After” as told by Edie. The twists and turns can be unsettling as this dark friendship unfolds in this story of the unpopular and popular in a depressed British town.

Maxine

Fredrik Backman’s protagonist Ove is my father if he were Swedish, worked on trains and loved Saabs. A Man Called Ove is warm and uplifting as well as tragic and heart-wrenching. A curmudgeon, Ove sets out to off himself from the first chapter as he wishes to join his recently deceased wife. But each time he tries, he is interrupted, until it gets to the point that Ove becomes a much needed man–even though he tries his hardest not to be. Ove proves one small act–intended or not–can have a positive impact–sometimes life changing. Bonus: New York Times Bestseller list.

Zoey

Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie is a great read. It teaches you some really cool life lessons, different views between generations and the importance of appreciating the little things in life rather than getting caught up on the idea that money brings you happiness.

Kate

I’m reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series with my six-year-old daughter.  It’s like reading them for the first time again!

Emma

I’ve been reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. She has such amazing insight on critical social issues, and a gentle but perfectly sarcastic voice through which she shares her stories and opinions.

Earl

Marvel’s Civil War II. I haven’t read comics in a long time but now that I can conveniently follow on my tablet, I’ve found myself feeling like a kid and suddenly sucked back in to the latest transformative crossover story involving the Avengers and company.

Janet

Humans of New York Stories by Brandon Stanton. The latest book added to the HONY series features eye-opening stories from people all over New York City. The book is equally moving and uplifting, perfect for a trip to the beach or a long plane ride.

Linda

Most of my current reads these days are children’s books during my kid’s bedtime. We love Countablock (Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo’s beautiful book with vivid, creative drawings that take you from 1-100)… Margret & H.A. Rey’s Happy Easter, Curious George (for us, it’s Easter all year round!) and Don Freeman’s Corduroy, a touching story about a toy bear who lives at the store and the adorable girl who wants to buy him.

Venus

So many on my list! I’ve been meaning to read Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See for quite a while, and finally I will get some time to do a deep dive. Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin’s Four Days in November was recommended to me by a friend; I love history and it’s dealing with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and first person accounts of its impact through a variety of people and sectors. I’ve heard that it’s incredibly interesting and brings an entirely new perspective on historical revisionism.  Edward K. Y. Chen’s Hyper-Growth in Asian Economies: I’m an economics buff so it’s just my thing. The Wealth Of Nations: just a classic economics reader of Adam Smith – it’s nice to read it without being told to read it. 🙂 And Haruki Murakami and Alfred Birnbaum’s A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel is a lot of fun; I read the sequel first.

JoJo

I haven’t picked out a good summer read yet.  Luckily for this list, I can start one of their suggestions!

So many to choose from… which books do you love? Tell us!

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Top image: the Moon Shadows – Sashay sandal in black. Bottom image: the OG 82 – Dash and Dazzle sneaker in black and gold (at select Skechers retail stores).

MUST-SEE SPORTS AT RIO

Ready to hunker down on your couch and rev up for Rio? We are! After seeing all the build-up to the Games, we’ve been inspired to get to the track, the pool and the gym – and we can’t wait to watch the heroes of every summer sport conquer the world these next two weeks. To get us in the spirit, we asked around the office to find out our team’s favorite sports. Read on to see what keeps all of us glued to the screen!

Justine

My favorite summer sport is Gymnastics. I think the sport takes so much discipline and dedication from such a young age. As an athlete, some of the things these gymnasts can do is unreal and inspiring.

Riley

Swimming… I grew up swimming competitively and still race open water and triathlons now.  I love to watch their times and see how they compare to “the olden days.”

Jordan

Table Tennis – because full court Tennis is for suckers (just kidding). More people should be following elite-level international ping pong.  When they play 12 feet back from the table…sport just doesn’t get any better than this!

Emma

My favorite sport to watch is gymnastics because I used to do it when I was a kid and the competitors are always so impressive.

Gio

In honor of greats like Mohammed Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, I’m going to say boxing. The sport of legends.

JoJo

Platform diving!  Watching athletes perfect intricate dives without creating a single splash is so mesmerizing! I make more of a splash getting into my bathtub.

Jules

Synchronized swimming. How in the world do they do all of those moves? And actually look happy while doing it?

Ashley

Beach volleyball. Love the men’s and women’s – and it’s amazing to see these same athletes training in Manhattan Beach and out at our local restaurants and stores. Let’s make it four Golds, girls!

Gwen

To be honest, I’m a sucker for all of the subplots and storylines. You know, those behind-the-scenes reports on all the hard times these people overcame to get to this moment. Injuries, failures, setbacks, family struggles… they’re all so dramatic!

What’s your favorite sport? Please share!

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Top image: the Flex Advantage 2.0 – Missing Link shoe. Bottom image: the Skech-Air 2.0 shoe in Charcoal/Green and Black/Hot Pink.

MEMORIAL DAY GETAWAYS

That stretch between the winter holidays and Memorial Day is a long one… so we can’t wait to get back out there and have some fun this weekend! We asked our team what fun events they have planned, and there was no shortage of ideas. Check out the list below.

 

We’re launching camping season with a trip to the Sierras! Can’t wait to hike, roast marshmallows and say hi to some bears…  –Ruby

I’m heading to SF for a long weekend of food, drinks and exploring the city in my Skechers. Can’t wait!  –Anneka

I’m visiting my cousin in New York! We’re both huge baseball fans, and Dodgers are in New York that weekend. Let’s go Dodgers!  –Julian

I’ll be taking out the yacht for the annual holiday cruise through the marina with a couple good buds. Hopefully this year Trevor pays more attention to steering than the grill and we don’t end up beached again. That wasn’t fun.  –Skipper Jones

Big Bear with a friend and the dogs, and lots of rest!  –Lina

I’m planning on going up to Castaic Lake and getting in the boat. Hoping the water is warm so I can water ski!  –Delilah

My boyfriend is just returning from a week long business trip! ‘nuff said 😉  –Noelle

Some may have wonderful destinations planned, but given how crazy busy Skechers has been, I am looking forward to a staycation that involves sleeping in, reading, writing, painting a bedroom, and planting drought-tolerant plants.  –Ashley

 

Tell us what’s in store for your Memorial Day weekend!

TOP TIPS FOR STAYING FIT THIS WINTER

48265_2From blizzards on the East Coast to frigid weather in the heartland to the rainy West Coast, it’s easy to let the winter season derail fitness.  But with great strategies tailored for this colder time of year, you can stay on track to make sure you’re healthy and feeling great by the time those May flowers start to bloom.  Here’s some winter fitness tips from our team.  Let us know your strategies in the comments!

Elizabeth
I’ve been taking spin classes at Equinox to switch up my winter workouts. They have a new class called The Pursuit which is like a giant video game that tracks real time data from your bike and shows everyone’s speed & power on a big screen inside the cycling studio. It really motivates you to work harder when you can see how you rank against everyone else in the class!

Ashley
I hired a trainer for the first time ever! Ouch! Even at 30-minute sessions I am in pain. Got myself a new pair of Skechers Sport shoes too—hey, I need to look good working out!

Gunther
Have you ever taken four kids sledding?  Let me tell you, marching up a big snow-covered hill with a sled under each arm 25 times in an afternoon is the best workout I’ve had all year.

Sara
It can be super hard to get the motivation to work out before or after work when it’s so cold out. To make up for missed workouts, I always take the long route when going through my day. That means taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, parking in a spot far from the store entrance, making sure I stand up and move around the office at least once an hour and any other way I can get a little extra movement.

Jackie
As the biggest Jackie Chen’s fan, I practice kung-fu in my basement during winter. Just kidding, I hit the slopes with my snowboard. A full day on the mountain is quite a workout and it’s totally fun too. And with all the storms we’ve been getting, it’s the best season in years! 

Jenna
My winter routine is the same as my summer routine – just with more clothes . . . Running and cycling keep me in shape along with the good old stand-by Pop Physique—a barre-style workout.  Proper winter gear is key! For cycling; toe warmers, arm warmers, knee warmers or longer tights, head warmer, long fingered gloves and a windbreaker!  For running I opt for gloves and winter running clothes and an occasional rain jacket because I love running in the rain.  Luckily no snow here!

Diego
For me it’s all about circuit class.  I get into a serious routine waking up at 5:30AM every day and it’s taken me almost a month to get rid of all the holiday chub. I like having a scheduled indoor class because even in Southern California, we have plenty of chilly, wet mornings—thank you El Niño—where it’s tough to motivate for a run. I also stick to drinking only water and go Whole30 on the diet which works wonders as an annual nutrition reset.

Julie
During the winter when getting outside for workouts is challenging, I focus on body weight exercises that I can do at home, as well as specific strengthening moves to maintain balanced muscles (e.g. strengthening my glutes). Also, diet is a focus during the winter, especially after the holidays! I try new recipes at home, drink lots of water and try to avoid any bugs going around between kids’ school and work!

Scott
During the cooler months I do more indoor activities – currently I am obsessed with Soulcyle – You climb, jog, sprint, dance, even use weights, all while on a bike – it is a total body, core workout that will leave you breathless and feeling amazing results!

Georgia
Yoga at home, first thing in the morning. It’s easy, convenient and really affordable with DVDs or online exercises – and a great way to start the day.

Audrey M.
My current favorite workout for these colder months is lots of cardio. I try to run or hike a little more and layer up. It’s easier to shed a layer in the winter than it is to stay cool in the heat. Plus, once it starts raining, we get to see the waterfalls along the trails. I don’t mind running in the rain, it’s fun and takes me back to my childhood when it was cool to jump in puddles and get wet.

Stella
A winter workout that I enjoy is kickboxing! You build so much strength and it’s a GREAT stress reliever! 

RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

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It’s that time of year when we reassess how things have been going and what we want to do differently in the twelve months ahead.  We polled the office to hear 2016 resolutions from the Skechers team. Fitness is always an obvious one, so here’s everything else that we want to do in the new year. We hope you have an amazing and happy new year and please let us know what’s on your 2016 list in the comments!

David
To enjoy family, friends and life more – life is way too short to stress over work, finances and material things – they should not be your priority. Enjoy what you have, where you are and who you are. Live life to the fullest because it only happens once! 🙂

Logan
I have two key resolutions this year: 1. To spend more time with loved ones without the iPhone glued to my hand.  2. To spread positivity!

Carolyn
My New Year resolution is to let go of things I can’t control and focus on things I can control, like myself and my actions. You can’t control how other people treat you or others but you can take it as a lesson to never become one of them and take action to be a better human being and help others when you have a chance. More smiles in 2016!

Andrea
Focus on the present moment and remind myself that it doesn’t always have to be about the big picture. 

Allie
We just got a new TV over the holidays – so ours is to work out less, gain weight and binge watch the year away!

Lynette
My New Year’s resolution is to enjoy life in the present moment and stop worrying about the future. I want to let go of stress and anxiety so I can enjoy 2016 with a clear mind and appreciate each day.

Jonah
I resolve to drink better wine. Life is too short for the cheap stuff.

Ashley
To better balance work and personal life. To write more and read more. To volunteer more. To find an extra two hours in each day to achieve this.

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